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Air Mail Wedding: 18 Handmade Ideas Sent with Love

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Email allows anyone to connect instantly, but nothing can compare to the sweet sentiment of a handwritten note or heartfelt letter from a loved one. That’s why we love air mail wedding ideas from invitations to save the dates, favors, stationery, and everything in-between. There is something sweetly simple about a handwritten note or tag, particularly around the holidays. Today, we’re sharing 18 air mail wedding ideas you will love, beginning with an invitation by Jack and Jill Wedding which ties in the air mail idea beautifully, with a postcard reply for guests to send back with love. Enjoy!

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DIY Bunting Favors

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Happy Monday + Happy August! How was your weekend? Mine (Emma here!) was great! I did some housework, gardening, worked on a very special secret project, went on a date with my husband to see Crazy, Stupid, Love (I give it both the movie and its soundtrack 5 stars – such a cute movie) and enjoyed some fun + sun on the beach. I hope your weekend was fabulous, too. :)

To kick off the first day of a brand spankin’ new month + the first day of a new week, we’re showcasing DIY bunting favors! This darling DIY project is exclusively for Emmaline Bride readers brought to you by Lauren of Lauren Elise Crafted. Enjoy!

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DIY: A Very Merry Mantle + Wintery Décor!

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From all of us at Emmaline Bride, we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas Eve! Today we are sharing a gorgeous DIY decor piece by EB Team member, Lauren! She wanted to give her home decor a personal touch, and she’s bringing us along on the decorating journey. Check out her beautiful work as she transforms her mantle into a stylish winter wonderland.

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Bridesmaid Hankies for ‘Happy Tears’


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Sew In Love: DIY Vintage Spools

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Happy Monday, lovelies! We hope you had a wonderful, relaxing weekend. We are ecstatic to kick off this week with a fabulous DIY project featuring vintage spools, buttons, pretty fabric, corkboard, embroidery, and more by Emmaline Bride’s DIY Expert, Lauren! Enjoy!

Hello lovely EB readers! It’s Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted again and this time I am here to share a few projects that involve vintage spools. Emma had mentioned to me that she has a slight spool addiction (a girl after my own heart!) and so this DIY is in honor of her and the vintage lover in all of us. To me, nothing is better than a handmade + vintage combination DIY and that is exactly what I have for you today.

Spools are a perfect detail if you want to create a wedding with a crafty, ‘sew in love’ theme. If you wanted to expand on the ideas seen here, I would definitely recommend incorporating all kinds of stitching details (like hand-sewn paper goods), different fabrics for texture, yarn and yarn balls, and more embroidery. These items pair perfectly with family heirlooms and personal treasures, something that I have tried to highlight in the framed fabric pin board. By bringing in personal items and photographs and scattering them throughout the event, your guests can make a connection with you as a couple and with your families.


Have we converted you to a vintage spool lover yet? Is it important for you to incorporate family photographs and memorabilia and if so, how are you choosing to do it?

What you’ll need:
-vintage spools
-grosgrain ribbon
-disappearing ink pen
-white embroidery thread
-embroidery needle
-tacky glue
-backless vintage frames
-1/4” thick corkboard
-scissors
-buttons
-thread
-1/4” foam core
-fabric

Directions:

1. To make the spool escort cards, cut your grosgrain ribbon down to about a 10” strip. Use a disappearing ink pen to write out guest’s names onto the ribbon {image a}. Using a simple backstitch, embroider the names with white embroidery floss {image b}. When the embroidery is finished, glue the ribbon to the vintage spool with tacky glue, holding in place for a few seconds {image c}. Wrap the ribbon around the spool, gluing as you go.

2. To make the framed table number, remove the back from a vintage frame if need be (mine conveniently came without a back). Cut down the corkboard so that it will fit within the frame {image d}. Glue the corkboard to the frame with tacky glue or possibly something a little stronger like crazy glue or super glue adhesive. Make the table number out of buttons. Thread a needle through the cork and stitch each button in place {image e}. You may want to write the number out with pencil beforehand to act as a guide. Follow the directions in step 1 and embroider the ribbon with the word ‘table’ on it. Glue the ribbon to the spool as you did before. Thread a piece of wire through the spool and stick the wire through the cork to hold the spool in place. The spool and ribbon should hang freely next to the table number.

3. To make the fabric pin board, remove the back from a larger vintage frame. Cut a piece of foamcore or foam board down to the size of the frame. The foamcore should be cut so that it will pop right into the back of the frame. Cut a piece of fabric so that it is slightly larger than the foamcore piece. Glue the fabric to the foamcore with tacky glue {image f}. Glue all of the fabric edges, pulling tight as you go {image g}. Pop the fabric covered foamcore into the back of the frame {image h}. Mine fit snuggly enough so I did not need to attach it to the frame but you may need to use glue to adhere together. Pin photographs, crafts, and family heirlooms to your pin board!

It has been a pleasure to be here with you today! If you have any questions about anything I have made, please feel free to contact me through my blog. I am also available to make anything you see. I would love to craft something special for you!

-Lauren

About the Author:
Lauren is part of the DIY Team at Emmaline Bride as our resident DIY Expert. You can find more of her EB exclusive projects here + read her blog here!


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DIY School-Themed Tablescape

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Hello lovely EB readers! It’s Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted again and today I am bringing you an entire table design that will provide you with some inspiration if you are considering a school-themed wedding or event. I have some great suggestions for you that are both easy and economical but provide you with that great handmade look that we all love.

Because I was a student not too long ago, fall reminds me of all things school. The pencils, the paper, the notebooks, all that inspired me while creating this vintage schoolyard chic tablescape. I absolutely fell in love with the idea of incorporating this theme into a wedding and I think the design possibilities are endless. You can include family heirlooms, elements that you have around your house, and even unique vintage store/flea market finds. Here is a list of elements that I used in my design and a possible starting point for you if you want to recreate this look for your own event.

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School-Themed Inspiration + Where to Find:

{1} * Family Photographs & Heirlooms:  These are easy to obtain because you already own them. Your guests will love looking at grade school pictures of your families through the ages, old report cards, or even kindergarten art projects. All of these things will allow your guests to feel more connected to you. Include some fun toys or mementos from your childhood to make it even more personal.

{2} * Antique Store Finds: You can find some great deals on vintage school supplies at nearby antique stores or online on Ebay and Etsy. Look for old books, a globe, composition notebooks, pencils, typewriters, or even a child’s desk. I have found so many little trinkets and toys throughout the years that would be perfect for an event like this and most of them would not break-the-bank either.

{3} * Lined & Graph Paper: To me, school paper is the best purchase because it is inexpensive and it can be used in countless ways. I made a few examples of some paper goods using lined, graph, and handwriting paper (the type with the dotted line through the middle). Cut paper into triangles and thread with string to make bunting. Fold the paper accordion style and make paper pinwheels. Cut out paper in the shape of a leaf, write guests’ names and table numbers, and pin into apples to act as escort cards (as well as a snack!). Or roll into a cone and fill with pom poms (or flower petals, bird seed, etc.) so that guests have something to shower you with as you come back up the aisle.

{4} * Library Cards & Pockets: I used the library cards as save-the-dates. You can either buy premade cards and stamp the details onto it or you can design your own cards (I used Illustrator). Library cards could also be used as escort cards, invitations, or place cards.

{5} * Pencils, Colored Pencils, Markers, Crayons, Chalk: These writing utensils can be handed out to guests as favors and used for signing the guest book.

{6} * Flash Cards: I designed my own flash cards and had them printed out so that guests could sign the cards, hang and display them, and have them become a part of the décor. You could also display vintage flash cards for a touch of old ephemera.

{7} * Chalkboards: Chalkboards can be hung as signs at the ceremony and reception but also work as table numbers or props in a photobooth. Buy a small container of chalkboard paint so that your guests can write chalk messages over all kinds of things.

{8} * Polaroid Composition Book: Buy a composition book to use as a guest sign in. If you have a Polaroid camera handy, guests can take snapshots of themselves and include them in your book. If you create a little photobooth area, guests can use props and backdrops to take silly pictures.

{9} * Note Folding Station: Passing notes in class is a big part of school and a note station would be a great way for guests to do something interactive and pass their own sweet messages to the bride and groom. Give examples so that guests will know how to do the folding. Leave out a bunch of colored pencils and markers so that your notes can become works of art for you to admire for years to come.

So what do you think? Wouldn’t this be a great theme for a wedding? I really like how it can be personalized with all the family memorabilia. Your guests will really appreciate it!

-Lauren


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DIY Photobooth Backdrop

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DIY Photobooth Backdrop by EB DIY Expert, Lauren of Lauren Elise Crafted!

I am loving the trend of photobooths at weddings. They provide a lot of entertainment for guests and instant memories for all. There is a carnival-like nostalgia surrounding them, a nod to a more simple and innocent time. It is universally accepted that once in a photobooth, one must let loose, make funny faces, and have fun! As a designer, I am drawn to the beautiful backdrops that seem to accompany photobooths lately. There are so many great examples and I am wowed by the creativity.

But what if you’re on a budget? Or you do not have the time to stitch, glue, or construct an elaborate creation?

This DIY photobooth backdrop is completely economical for any budget, made from items that you can find at your local craft and hardware stores (or even around your house). Short on time? I was able to complete this backdrop in about 30 minutes because I already had the supplies on hand. This is a cute and quick creation that would be perfect for a small, do-it-yourself event.

What you’ll need:

-kraft paper: I would get at least 36” wide but maybe 48” depending on use. The initial expense to buy a role of kraft paper will be more expensive, $20-$40, but the cost of just the backdrop will only be a small fraction of this price. The rest of the role can be used for all kinds of projects later on. I bought my kraft paper at Home Depot in the paint section for around $10-$15.

-paint: I think most paints would work. I actually used left-over fabric paint from another project and it worked fine. Just test it beforehand and make sure it provides enough coverage on the paper.

-a sponge brush

-cardstock scraps for templates

-a black Sharpie pen

Directions:

1. Lay your kraft paper out on a flat surface and use heavy items to weigh it down and prevent shifting.

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2. Use cardstock scraps to cut out the templates for your design, in this case little triangles for bunting.  I made multiple templates because the cardstock eventually becomes saturated with the paint and gets messy.  I would switch to a new template once this happened to keep things clean.

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3. Use a sponge brush and the template to start painting your backdrop.  For more precision you could sketch out your design beforehand but for the mini bunting, I just eye-balled it.

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4. Once you are done painting, let it dry.  My paint dried in about 10 minutes but vary times based on the paint you use.  To connect the mini bunting, I used an ultra-fine point black Sharpie.  To hang use pins or tape, preferably at all four corners because kraft paper tends to hold its shape and roll up slightly.

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Tada!  Your own custom photobooth backdrop made in less than 1 hour…très magnifique!

Lauren Elise Crafted is a photographer, crafter, EB’s official DIY Expert!  We are thrilled to share her inspirational ideas with our readers + spread the DIY love! Check out her blog at http://laurenelisecrafted.com


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